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Youth Services

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development’s Youth Services Division is committed to providing valuable programs and quality services that support youth, ages 14 to 24. The programs benefit youth by providing support as youth aim to reach their education, training and employment goals.

Serving in partnership with employers, school districts and communities, the Youth Services team engages youth in activities that focus on greater academic achievement, real world employability skills and applicable life skills. The following links highlight programs and services offered by Youth Services:

Programs for Youth 

Out of school and out of work? Need a GED? Need support to stay in school? Each year our agency supports several programs in the community that provide employment and training services to targeted low income, in school and out of school youth, ages 16 to 24. Specific eligibility requirements and services vary for each program. To find further information on current programs select the link below:

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Summer Youth Employment Program

Program Description

When funds are available, our Youth Services Division provides a summer employment program for eligible youth ages 14 to 24. This six-week program provides the opportunity for youth to work 30 hours per week and earn $8.25 per hour. The goal of the program is to connect youth with public and private sector employers so they can gain an appreciation of the labor market, gain insights into their strengths as employable citizens and learn marketable skills. The selection of participants is based on the eligibility criteria set by the funding source, which may vary each year. If funds become available for the upcoming summer, this website will be updated with a link that will provide further details.

Benefits to Employers

Employer support enhances the growth of our future workforce by developing rich work experiences that promote employable skills. Our business partners and youth will take part in an interview and selection process. As a result of our business partnership, Baltimore County's Department of Economic and Workforce Development will provide youth wages, payroll, liability coverage and one-on-one staff support. Additionally, all employment forms (work permit, I-9 and tax) will be managed and completed by our department. 

Benefits to Youth

Youth will gain access to real-world work experiences that enhances scholastic abilities while acquiring marketable employment skills. Youth will learn the value of earning a paycheck by working 30 hours per week and earning $8.25 per hour.  All youth will attend a Job Readiness Training session conducted by The Community College of Baltimore County. Training sessions will emphasize interview techniques, work ethics, financial literacy, and job retention. Upon completion, youth will be referred to employers for a job interview and the results will determine their participation in the program.

Job placements will include public and private sector businesses, as well as community and nonprofit organizations. The upcoming Summer Youth Employment Program application is currently not available. If funds become available, a link will be added to this section of the website.

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Youth Symposium

The Baltimore County Youth Standing Committee and Workforce Development Council sponsors an annual Youth Symposium to support the local network of youth service providers. This event was designed to ensure that young people in Baltimore County have access to quality programs and services. The symposium affords frontline staff an opportunity to learn from national, state and local leaders about successful strategies for meeting the evolving needs of ‘at-promise’ youth. Additionally, participants use this opportunity to share ideas, network, learn about available resources, and shape new partnerships. 

Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources

Connections is a Baltimore County Public Library web-based directory, which provides resources regarding childcare, pregnancy, jobs, legal rights and other areas of concern to youth and families. Access Connections.

Contact Us

To find out more about the services provided through Youth Services, email Sherida A. Morrison, Youth Services Manager at or call 410-887-2008.

Request for Proposal Form

Baltimore County is actively seeking vendors to help facilitate a new era in preparing our future workforce. To express your interest, complete Youth Services Request for Proposal (RFP) form to receive information as the RFP process continues.  

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Revised September 28, 2015

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